I Have These...Now What Can My Preschooler Do With Them?!
- Take them outdoors! Bringing indoor activities outdoors creates a different kind of experience. Preschoolers experiment with uneven surfaces and the texture of grass.
- Allow for Open Ended Free Play. Open ended free play allows for the preschooler to problem solve and practice with cause and effect. "If I put the square on something round, it falls off. If I put the square on a flat surface, it stays!"
- Begin to discuss 3D shapes. By Kindergarten, children will be asked to Identify shapes as two-dimensional (lying in a plane, "flat") or three-dimensional ("solid").
- Begin to compose shapes. By Kindergarten, children will be asked to analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices/"corners") and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length).
What does your preschooler do with these?